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Pirates Acquire Corey Wimberly

Pirates Acquire Corey Wimberly

The Pirates acquired Wimberly from the Athletics.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Oakland Athletics prospect Corey Wimberly, according to Wimberly himself on Twitter.  The Pirates sent Ryan Kelly to the Athletics, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com.  Wimberly, who turned 27 in October, reached the AAA level in 2010, with a .284/.373/.354 line in 531 at-bats, and 56 stolen bases.  Wimberly has played second base, shortstop, third base, left field, and center field.  He has primarily been a second baseman in his career, although he spent most of his time in 2010 in the outfield, between left and center field.  He also played 31 games at shortstop.

Wimberly has good range, which allows him to play all of those positions.  His offensive numbers are interesting.  He doesn't have any power, but hits for average, and has a lot of speed, stealing 50+ bases in three of his six seasons in the minors.  It's likely that Wimberly could compete for a bench role in the majors in 2010, consid...

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